Francis Ngannou Wants To Face Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder Before He Retires

Francis Ngannou is standing firm with one requirement he wants implemented into his next deal.

Ngannou’s management and the UFC have been at a standstill on the Cameroonian fighter’s contract. After some public input from Ngannou’s manager and UFC President Dana White, now Ngannou has voiced on what he wants on his next contract.

“It’s always been down the line. This is something I’m not taking my eyes off of. It’s gonna happen, either way. Even if, when the UFC and I finalize a deal, the boxing part has to be into it because I can’t see myself retiring without boxing,” Ngannou told TMZ.

“Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder. I would like to test myself to that level.”

White and Martin have been at odds with one another, making it seemingly difficult for them to agree on a new contract.

White previously said if Ngannou wins against Gane, he’ll have one more fight, but if not, he could be a free agent. Last week, he turned back on that statement and said Ngannou has one more fight after the Gane bout, regardless.

Ngannou has been the heavyweight champion ever since dethroning Stipe Miocic in their rematch in March.

The Cameroonian was supposed to defend it in August against Derrick Lewis, who he lost to in 2018, but was unable to make it due to travel restrictions. Ciryl Gane replaced him, and Ngannou did not like the UFC’s decision to do that.

Gane went on to become the interim heavyweight champion.

He is set to defend his belt for the first time on January 22 against Ciryl Gane, his former teammate.

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